All pairs of the infamous $1018 (£741) “Satan Shoes” will be recalled from customers and removed from circulation after Nike sued their creators.
Nike has won a trademark infringement lawsuit against art collective MSCHF Product Studio, which it says altered pairs of Nike Air Max 97s and distributed them without its permission.
All 666 pairs of the “Satan Shoes”, which reportedly contained a drop of real human blood, upside down crosses and pentagrams will now be recalled, meaning buyers will need to return the shoes and receive a full refund from MSCHF.
As part of the lawsuit, MSCHF will also offer refunds to buyers of the “Jesus Shoe”, another limited edition modified Nike shoe launched in 2019.
Lil Nas X, the artist who helped launch the shoes, was not listed as a defendant in the litigation.
“MSCHF altered these shoes without Nike’s authorisation,” Nike said in a statement.
“Nike had nothing to do with the Satan Shoes or the Jesus Shoes.”
In its lawsuit, launched last week, Nike said the shoes were “likely to cause confusion and dilution and create an erroneous association” between MSCHF and Nike.
In response MSCHF said the shoes were “individually numbered works of art” and did not cause confusion.
MSCHF’s representative added: “MSCHF intended to comment on the absurdity of the collaboration culture practiced by some brands, and about the perniciousness of intolerance.
“Having achieved its artistic purpose, MSCHF is pleased to have resolved the lawsuit.”